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Ancient city with dwellings built right into the caves. These dwellings are 5000 years old. Matera also is known as the "shame of Italy" for another set of dwellings. Worth researching. Today there is much renovation changing this tale of two cities.
The only place in the world you will find these homes, Trulli! They were the homes of the farmers. Their conical roofs are made of stone and laid one upon another. The beauty of this was when the tax collector would come from Rome the farmers would deconstruct the roofs so they would not be taxed. Once the tax man left they would reconstruct the roof and once again their homes were whole. Oh the Italian ingenuity
and the Trulli.
It is always about the light of Italy. This is another beautiful Masseria that is a local restaurant that is for special occasions. You will be spoiled by the flavors of the dishes as the come fresh from the farm and prepared in a way tat allows them to speak simply and deliciously.
A beautiful Masseria whose owners are so gracious they make you feel like a part of their family. Breakfast is farm to table and you can taste the love in every bite.
A new appreciation for Dutch art to be outdone only by the architectural beauty of the building it is housed in. A must see!
This is the 1500 year old oven still baking up perfect loaves of bread each day and the 6th generation to own it!
I would recommend staying a couple of days on Capri rather than just a day trip. The city is magical once the ferry leaves and the day trippers are gone. You can hike, take small boat excursions around the island..it will take you 4 hours! The museum and art gallery will take your breath away as will the many different views. The food and shopping keep you looking forward to each day. Make sure you have the iced tea. It is not like anything you are used to. Take the time to go to Anacapri. You will never regret staying on Capri.
Both locals and visitors passing through make this their stop. A nice old home that graces the magical village has made its resurrection. Everyone is friendly and they take their coffee seriously. It was one of the best mochas I have had anywhere and I live in Seattle where we love our coffee! You can also enjoy interesting sandwiches and salads. They do Mexican food with a twist. It is a great place to take a break.
Somewhat a secret unless you know the locals. White sands, crystal waters, and surrounded with lush vegatation. Located along the coast of Batu Ferranghi in Penang, Malaysia, Monkey Beach can be accessed by small boat or sailboard and it worth spending a day just relaxing. Bring a picnic and enjoy getting away from the crowds. Just as an FYI you will share the waters with lots of marine life including jellyfish. Should you get stung ask a local how to prevent any pain and trust the answer!
River Run Marina is a lovely and unique bed and breakfast on the Fraser River near Vancouver, BC, Canada. They have 4 distinctly different units. My favorite is the houseboat built by a finish carpenter for his wife. It is cozy and well appointed with a wood stove to keep you warm in the fall and winter. The river gently rocks you to sleep in a loft bed that lets you enjoy a view of the bird sanctuary across the river. The owners deliver your breakfast which you ordered the evening before and you may take it in your room or on your own private deck in the spring or summer. They also provide you with bicycles and kayaks to enjoy the area. This is a lovely B&B you will return to often.
Nicolas Fechin was a famous Russian painter who came to Taos in 1927. Along with his love of painting he was an incredible builder. He built Fechin House between 1927 and 1933. He carved every piece of wood in the house. Every room is stunning. Fechin House and garden is now part of the Taos Art Museum. Take time to visit this beautiful Russian home that evolved out of New Mexico mud. It is breathtaking!
On the road from Santa Fe to Taos I became so aware of the landscape. The clouds are so full and light it feels as if you could move them with your finger. They play with light and shadow on the hills. When you look at the images they leave you begin to understand the inspiration they gift to all the artists over the ages and today.
Timeless. Taos Pueblo is the oldest continuously inhabited community in America. There is a beauty in it's age and awe in the fact that people still live, work, pray, and play there. Go into the church and feel the spirit of so many who came before then pay your respects at the cemetery all under the amazing sky and dancing clouds that are New Mexico.
A perfect way to spend time relaxing from all the walking around Santa Fe. The calming Koi ponds, open air baths, and of course the body treatments. I recommend the stone massage, total rejuvenation.